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Hello. As are some of the folks here, I, too, have a soft spot for the Spanish Star automatics. Currently I have a Model B that was customized, the Model BM, and a Model 28, which was also modified.


This Model B in 9mm has been fitted with Millett adjustable sights and a serrated ramp front sight. The front grip strap was checkered at 20 LPI and the frame and slide reblued. It has no magazine disconnect and the grips were made by my 'smith. It shoots well enough and is reliable with almost any JHP. The firing pin in this gun is inertial.

A different Model B was what I bought when I couldn't afford a Colt Gov't Model back in '71. I foolishly let that one get away and regret it for sentimental reasons. The Model B shown was bought after seeing an ad in "The American Rifleman" a few years ago in which these NIB pistols were advertised as "the last ones" and reported to be from a production overrun.


Another view of the Model B. These days it goes to the range now and again, but is used for little else.

Reasonably popular right now are the Model BM 9mm's. Think of these as sort of a "Commander version" of the Model B.


These are pretty popular right now. Depending upon when the individual pistol was made, some will have inertial firing pins while others do not. This one's stock other than the magazine disconnect being removed and the hammer spur being bobbed a little. It feeds most JHP's quite well, but it absolutely refuses to feed Remington Golden Sabers. Always check the individual pistol to be sure what it will reliably run with.

The 15-shot Star Model 28 is an interesting pistol and one that shoots pretty well, too. It was succeeded by the Model 30M, which uses a pinned, pivoting extractor.


This M28 has had Millett adjustable rear sights added and the gun's been refinished. Parts other than the sights, frame, and slide have been hard chromed. The smooth trigger's width was reduced to match that of the CZ75. This pistol has an inertial firing pin and the common firing pin retaining plate rather than the vertical pin retained by the rear sight in the Model B and BM.

I've mentioned all of this to show my fondness for Star pistols. At the same time, I do not recommend buying one from here on out unless the buyer is prepared to spend some time locating and purchasing spare parts. Star, as we know it, has been out of business for several years now. No one manufactures spare parts for these pistols. Each passing year they become harder and harder to find. Fortunately for me, I purchased parts when I bought the guns, but others simply will not have this opportunity.

I personally don't shoot much warmly loaded 9mm in the B or BM. The Model 28 is more massively built, but I pretty much use standard pressure ammo in it as well.

If you own a Star, I suggest beginning a not infrequent check of sources for such parts as firing pins & springs as well as extractors & springs. You might get a spare bushing and recoil spring guide should you happen upon one. Original factory magazines have worked best for me, but they, too, are getting scarce.

These were pretty decent pistols for the money spent, but these days, they're pretty much at the sunset of their "lives". Enjoy and use them if you have them, but if money's tight, I'd look at either a Makarov if happy with the caliber as many parts can be had inexpensively for them or a CZ75 for a little more than twice as much as the Makarov.

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Hello. The Model B and BM pistols are 1911-like, but not 1911's on the inside by any means. Parts do not exchange between the Star's and 1911 pattern pistols. They do operate in similar fashion from the users point of view and they have no grip safety.

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Hello,

I like STAR Pistols, and I really like the over-all size of them... very good waist band pistol.

A friend has a STAR that I really like, and I want to say that it's a "Super B".

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Mr. Camp,

So I'm looking at a 1911 style (on the outside) pistol- in .45acp?

Do you know if an ambi safety is available?

Josh <>< (getting very interested...)
 

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Hello, Josh. Unless you buy a Firestar, which comes with ambis, you won't find one for the B or BM as they're just not made. I suspect a gunsmith might be able to do something, but it would be costly.

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Here's the Firestar: M-43 in 9x19.

Very compact to carry, if a little heavy; a good shooter at a good price. In the past I have tried to contact both Interarms (the importer) and Star in Spain but as SAC says, they're gonzo.
Here's a good Star link:
http://www.donttouchme.com/star/index.shtml
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Josh;

I have a friend who is a lefty and he had an ambi safety made by a machinist for his Star PD.

The technique was to weld a little onto the safety post then square it and make a left side thumbpiece which was then screwed to the post.

I think he still owns it, perhaps I can get a picture sometime.

Steve; More proof that we are long lost brothers, I have a Star BKS which was my first experimental sight installation. I bought a Micro replacement sight for a Ruger Flattop and milled it (with one of those unimat mini mills) into the slide. I gave it to my son but he never shoots it and I am thinking about taking it back over for a trail gun (which is what I meant to do with it in the first place).

My only compaint with Stars and early Llamas was that they are on the soft side.

I have a Llama "Extra" in 9mm Largo/Super .38 that also has Micros...good gun that had proper headspace.

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One of our shooting friends has a Firestar 45 with a 3.6"barrel. Does that sound correct for barrel length? It shoots very good.
Also what is the price range for these and are they hard to find?
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Hello. I think that's about right for the bbl length. I've not priced them in a while, but I'd not give over a couple of hundred for the firestars due to problem potentials mentioned above.

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ONe of the truely underrated pistols, an internet buddy I spoke with for years,who passed last summer,was in the South African army as a recon scot car driver, he told of several Stars being issued to the drivers, and haveing been put to good use. ;)
 

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Thank you Mr. Camp, Tinpig, Jim, for your replies.

I might look into it... I'm wanting something 1911, full sized, that has good parts availability.

If I were a machinist things might be different...

Josh <><

(going back to topic now)
 

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Josh;

Another gun you that might interest you is the Argentine Ballister Molina. I would describe it as a Star Lower with a 1911 Upper. I think even the barrel will interchange with the Colt (can't recall right now about the extractor). In any case good old 1911 mags will work in it even though the Ballister mags are frequently a few thousanths too big to work in the Colt.

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Jim,

Thank you... I did bring that one up on another forum at one point... but the only example I found seemed to be made out of pot metal and I couldn't find any decent stocks for it.

As this thread is drifting, I'm going to start a new one entitled "Argentine Ballister Molina."

I thank you for your suggestion. Perhaps some here can talk me into one in the new thread ;)

Back to topic...

Thanks,

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Hello Everyone

First pistol I ever bought was a Star PD in 45 it worked
great and I traded it , Kick myself for doing it .

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This is my Star BM with Hakan grips. I also have a Star B but my BM is my true love. Regards, Richard

 
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I have an Ultrastar 9mm. I discovered it is almost the exact same dimensions as the HK USP compact in 9mm. I purchased an HK USPc this weekend, got a Desantis holster for it, and found the Ultrastar also fits the holster perfectly.
 
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